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You're giving me a special gift,  so sorrowfully endowed,
And through these last few cherished days, your courage makes me proud.
 

But really, love is knowing when your best friend is in pain,
And understanding earthly acts will only be in vain.
 

So looking deep into your eyes, beyond, into your soul,
I see in you the magic, that will once more make me whole.
 

The strength that you possess, is why I look to you today,
To do this thing that must be done, for it's the only way.
 

That strength is why I've followed you, and chose you as my friend,
And why I've loved you all these years...My partner 'til the end.
 

Please, understand just what this gift you're giving means to me,
It gives me back the strength I've lost, and all my dignity.
 

You take a stand on my behalf, for that is what friends do.
And know that what you do is right, for I believe it too.
 

So one last time, I breathe your scent and through your hand I feel,
The courage that's within you, to now grant me this appeal.
 

Cut the leash that holds me here dear friend, and let me run,
Once more a strong and steady dog, my pain and struggle done.
 

And don't despair my passing, for I won't be far away,
Forever here, within your heart, and memory I'll stay.
 

I'll be there watching over you, your ever faithful friend,
And in your memories I'll run...a young dog once again.

 

RIP Phoenix - our little speedyboots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the 31st of October, 2010, our hearts were broken.  The end of an era had come for Idigadog with us saying an emotional farewell to our last remaining Malamute - Phoenix.

Phoenix was our little pocket dynamite.  She certainly lived up to her pedigree name - Speedyboots!!

She arrived at Idigadog in 1999 as a 9 week old puppy full of spunk and never changed.  Phoenix was smaller than Aspen and Dakota, but at 26 inches and only 30kg, still had the necessary strength for doing a good job.

Phoenix won many first Alaskan Malamute placings and finished extremely high in loads of races.  In her very first race she was placed 2nd and even in the 2004 season at 5, her highest achievement was 3rd overall at the Southern Cross Classic.  This was no mean feat given the calabre of Siberians she was racing against including some top quality imported running line dogs.

She was awarded her WTD (Working Team Dog) from the AMCNSW.

With her fantastic speed and attitude, Phoenix was able to compete in a 3 dog team with two of our Siberian boys at the Altitude 5000 race and the Canberra Sled Dog Classic in 2004.  Boy, did she prove herself.  Not only was she able to keep up with the boys, but she also pushed them from behind.  If determination counts for anything, then Phoenix was a winner all round.

This little dynamite had a broken leg in 2002 (see picture below) but easily recovered to be one of the best racing Malamutes in the country.  Both her pedigree name and call name suggests exactly what Phoenix was all about.

Retired from racing after an operation for bloat and gastric torsion, Phoenix was still happy to go out for a social jaunt around the trails with her buddies.

It is very quiet in the kennel without her although we still feel her presence quite regularly and different people have said that they have 'seen' Phoenix in the dog shed.  We miss her 'woos' and backchat and the place is just not the same.  Until we meet again Phoenix, run to your hearts content gorgeous and give everyone hell at the Rainbow Bridge!

     

PEDIGREE OF IONAMAL LUVS SPEEDYBOOTS WTD

BORN:
8th February 1999

BREEDER:
C Turner

SEX:
Female

COLOUR:
Black & White

IONAMAL QUIK ASA FLASH

BIS. AUST. CH. ARTIC LUVS KODIAK ATTU

 (IMP USA)

 

AM. CH. TROYS SMUGGLER OF ARTIC LUV

 

AM. CH. ARTIC LUVS SWASHBUCKLER

TETONS KENAI BRANDY

KIPMIK ARTIC LUVS SPANKY

KUUIPO'S KAHLUA SNOW

AM. CH. ARTIC LUVS SWASHBUCKLER

KUUIPO'S PUAMAEOLE

ARTIC LUVS DARK WIND

AM. CH. ARTIC LUVS SWASHBUCKLER

TETONS KENAI BRANDY

KIPMIK ARTIC LUVS SPANKY

ARTIC LUVS O SO GOOD

CH. J-LENS ARCTIC WINDJAMMER

ARTIC LUVS AMBROSIA

AUST. CH. PICKPOCKET ARTIC SHADOW

HUSKYPAK SNO WOLF

 

 

HUSKYPAK OONA POONA

 

 

IONAMAL PRINCESS BELLE

AUST. CH. SNOTRECK AFRIKANER

 

BIS. AUST. CH. ARTIC LUVS KODIAK ATTU

 (IMP USA)

 

 

AM. CH. TROYS SMUGGLER OF ARTIC LUV

AM. CH. ARTIC LUVS SWASHBUCKLER

KUUIPO'S KAHLUA SNOW

ARTIC LUVS DARK WIND

AM. CH. ARTIC LUVS SWASHBUCKLER

ARTIC LUVS O SO GOOD

AUST. CH. CHUKCHII CHE BEAR

 

   
 
   
 

AUST. CH. PICKPOCKET ARTIC SHADOW

HUSKYPAK SNO WOLF

 

 

HUSKYPAK OONA POONA

 

 

 
   
 

We have traced Phoenix's pedigree back 33 generations to Rowdy of Nome!

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